“We had a lot of downtime in the dungeon, because we only worked if clients made appointments and came in. And so I actually spent a fair amount of time in the cross-dressing room doing my homework.”—On today’s Fresh Air, a former dominatrix tells Terry Gross about the four years she spent spanking grown men and humiliating them for $75 an hour in Midtown Manhattan.
Tomorrow: What it's Like to be a Professional Dominatrix
What is it like to be a professional dominatrix, and enact other people’s fantasies, in a dungeon in Midtown Manhattan designed for those fantasies — complete with a bondage table, floggers, Cuffs, a cross-dressing room… and medical rooms? Tomorrow we rebroadcast an interview with Melissa Febos whose memoir Whip Smart just came out in paperback.
“It sounded like the sky falling and I knew immediately what it was because I had been close to a bunch of airstrikes in Afghanistan. I had enough time for one thought. It was kind of two words fused as one. I thought, ‘Airstrike. Dead.’ And I thought they got us.”—CJ Chivers tells Terry Gross about a recent NATO airstrike in Libya…that almost killed him, his driver and his translator.
From This American Life Episode 441: "Why would a company rent an office in a tiny town in East Texas, put a nameplate on the door, and leave it completely empty for a year? The answer involves a controversial billionaire physicist in Seattle, a 40 pound cookbook, and a war waging right now, all across the software and tech industries."
I am doing a final paper for my journalism class on emotions in the workplace. I remember listening to an interview on this topic months ago on NPR.
Is there anyway you could help me find that story as well as the book the ladies were speaking about?
I found this piece on dating in the office but that’s probably not what you’re looking for. Does anyone remember the piece wrightnow is asking about?
Update: @hillarykwiatek on Twitter suggested this KERA piece might be the one you’re looking for.
“The principle reasons for me, as far as being a writer were: you were your own boss, you could do it anywhere and you made lots of money. It wasn’t until I actually began writing that that I found out that wasn’t really true.”—Writer Donald Ray Pollock tells Fresh Air’s Terry Gross why he left his job at a papermill when he was 45 and started to write fiction.
How do you manage to maintain a balance between posts that are NPR related and things that are just fun/interesting - but not directly related to NPR or the contemporary arts? How do you decide what to post?
I just basically post stuff I like that I think our audience will like, has something to do with a recent guest, or has something to do with an upcoming topic or guest. That kind of leaves posting very amorphous and loose because we cover so many radically different topics on a weekly basis. There’s no one watching over my shoulder or saying “Post this.”